Category Archives: design

A wealth of history

The news that Penguin is planning to relaunch the Pelican imprint will doubtless have many book designers salivating. In the past decade, boosted by Phil Baines’ excellent Penguin by Design, the company has embraced its position as both design icon … Continue reading

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Stills, frames and specials

Auto Aerobics, a project by Chris Labrooy (via Phaidon) / cinegaze, a blog dedicated to Australian Cinema and Television / This Must Be The Place, a tumblr of classic film stills / all that was still turned into frantic movement: … Continue reading

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Art car bonanza

Found and admired posts from around: Portraits from the window seat: the pensive expressions of John SchabelÕs Passengers (at Overhead Compartment) / Design Decoded: The Daring Escape From the Eastern State Penitentiary (at Life without Buildings) / beautiful architectural illustration … Continue reading

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Space and office sounds

The Sagrada Familia in 2026, an official animation showing the next stages of construction / sort of related, No, you will never have skyscrapers with trees on them / An Insider’s View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals) / a … Continue reading

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Posts and tunnels

Not Another Bill is a way of turning the mail into a place of potential delight: ‘Subscribe for yourself or treat someone special to receive a collection of wonders each month, the product of collaborations between Not Another Bill and … Continue reading

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Money eater

Architecture, flow and money eating machines: ‘Slot machines: a lose lose situation‘, Tom Vanderbilt in the Guardian on the science and psychology of the slot: The space is rather like a city, with gridded blocks of machines occasionally opening into … Continue reading

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Reading between the lines

A proto-satnav: leather-cased scrolling travelling map from the 1920s, ‘a Bakelite cased unit housing a pair of rollers manually operated by two winding arms to the side, with 24cm wide plastic window displaying a Bartholomew’s road map for South-West England’ … Continue reading

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Soupy twist

There are many gems at Bonhams’ upcoming Aviation and Space History Sale in New York, including ephemera, artefacts, historic photos and stunning imagery. A selection: signed image of the Mercury Capsule, Soviet surface-to-air missile engine (‘apparently unfired’) / Wally Schirra … Continue reading

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In deep

Wired’s piece on Gunther von Hagens, ‘The Plastinarium of Dr. von Hagens by Daniel Engber, is accompanied by photographs by Vincent Fournier. The above image is ‘the carcass of a giraffe, its spots turned pale in an ethanol solution, lies … Continue reading

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Colour and culture

‘When the fashion industry declares that lime green is the new black, or instructs us to “think pink!,” it is not the result of a backroom deal forged by a secretive cabal of fashion journalists, designers, manufacturers, and the editor … Continue reading

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